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Sky watching late tonight #386497
08/26/10 09:29 PM
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Look up to the sky tonight or in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, as apparently there is to be a rare occurrence.

Two moons on August 27, 2010. Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting tomorrow. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate August 27th, when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off Earth. They say it will look like 2 moons.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Should be a memorable sight if your weather is clear.

Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386499
08/26/10 09:41 PM
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Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386507
08/27/10 01:05 AM
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From my deck tonight, I can definitely see it, yet Mars is small compared to the moon...very bright...a cool sight. Still waiting to see some Mars martians

smile


Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386509
08/27/10 04:45 AM
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I saw it from my front yard until some cloud cover showed up. Brilliant, bright as the moon, sure not as big as the moon, but not surprised by that. Still very cool, very cool.

Thanks Laurie!


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Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386510
08/27/10 05:12 AM
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Geez, get this . . .it's not Mars, it's Jupiter . . .wow.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38850204/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Well, that is if you can believe msnbc's technology and science space department.


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386516
08/27/10 07:10 AM
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Jupiter is correct, it's been very bright for quite some time. Mars is actually in the West/Southwest and fairly dim, at twilight.

Laurie - I think some of those Martians called me this week asking about classes!


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Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: klcman] #386524
08/27/10 08:02 AM
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"This sky map shows the relative positions of the moon, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune in eastern evening skies, as seen on Aug. 26 from mid-northern latitudes. Under optimal conditions, Uranus and Neptune may be visible through binoculars if you know exactly where to look."

Sky map from msnbc link.

To be honest, I have never seen Uranus and am not planning on looking for it! smile


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Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386533
08/27/10 09:50 AM
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Phewww!!!!!!!


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Re: Sky watching late tonight [Re: LaurieMar] #386534
08/27/10 09:53 AM
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Can we see it in Wisconsin

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08/27/10 11:29 AM
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